The Politics of Economic (dis)Connections and Flows in Development

Room: 
Room I, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Tuesday 27th March 13:30 - 15:00
Panel Chair: 
TBC
Panel Members: 
  • Ms Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Andrew Bowman (University of Edinburgh)
  • Mr Ilias Alami (University of Manchester)
  • Mr Gianluca Iazzolino (London School of Economics )

Economic flows have complex political origins and consequences: Why do these flows emerge or falter? What forms of connection and disconnection do they foster? Who ultimately benefits from their existence? How are they contested? What forms of solidarity do they encourage or fracture? What unintended or unforeseen impacts do they have? Understanding this political picture more fully can help us to better enable, resist or reconfigure these economic flows and (dis)connections. It can also assist us in deconstructing the narratives that so quickly form around them, such as the celebratory narratives that surround the notions of 'social enterprise' 'gig economies' 'digital outsourcing' 'social impact bonds' 'mobile money' or 'remittances' in many public fora. This panel will sit within the Development Politics stream of the Political Studies Association and is part of a broader effort to ensure that discussions of 'good change' at the heart of development studies are truly global. As such, we welcome papers focusing on the Global North and the Global South.